Best Of 2019

It’s important to save money, especially if you can catch a buzz at an altitude of 40,000 feet in the process. As an unprepared consumer, you are at the mercy of the less than benevolent airlines when it comes to onboard refreshments, which means massive inflation. Alcohol is not always a healthy coping mechanism in times of stress, but, say, if you’re on a transcontinental flight, a little nip or two of smuggled bourbon might put you in the right state of mind. If you’re traveling smart, you’ll have stopped at The Party Source on your way to CVG to pick up your favorite liquor, which can be had for a fraction of the price your name-brand airline is charging. The Party Source has an incredible array of 50ml bottles (the same size offered on flights) of any spirits you desire. Larceny can be had for only $2.19, Wild Turkey 101 proof for $3 and, if you really want to save, Jim Beam at $1.39, which would cost $9 on a flight. It’s an airplane, your pilot is the DD. The Party Source, 95 Riviera Drive, Bellevue,

Shops & Services

2. TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion

3. Tiny Needle Community Acupuncture

2. Wooden Nickel Antiques

3. Wild Things Antiques

Lynne & Lucille artist Kelli Fisher has been “making almost nothings into pretty somethings” since 2013. A transplant from Columbus, Ohio, Fisher specializes in jewelry crafted from the retired gear of local musicians. “I’ve always been a huge fan of music but have never been able to grasp the concept of actually playing it,” she says, “so making jewelry from recycled (and) unusable music materials and instruments is the way I have found to make my own version of music.” Check out her Etsy shop for necklaces and earrings made from shaped guitar strings and polished cymbal segments. She also utilizes hand-tooled leather and, occasionally, remains of the natural world: dig her popular rattlesnake vertebrae hoop earrings and African porcupine quill bar necklace. Lynne & Lucille,

2. Cincinnati Art Museum

3. Silk Road Textiles

2. Michaels

3. Indigo Hippo

The fact that Continuum has held its own on Vine Street in OTR since 2015 is a prime example of the fact that Cincinnati is home to many humans who are interested in innovative, experimental and individual fashion. Shop owner Ericka Leighton is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning with a passion for embracing creativity and creating a space for others to explore their own, whether they’re makers or shoppers. Recently name-checked in Vogue, the shop’s entire vibe — from the neon pink logo to hanging plants and Vaporwave meets Art Nouveau eclecticism — meets the modern woman at the intersection of aspirational and attainable in style, silhouette and price point. Brands range from Paloma Wool and No 6 to Black Crane and Cold Picnic and run the gamut from boxy tops and 1980s jeans to cult mother apparel. Continuum also carries textiles, candles, jewelry, fragrances and artful publications to round out its lifestyle offerings. Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine,

2. Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati

3. Kings Toyota

2. Courtesy Automotive

3. Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati

2. Donovan’s Auto & Tire Center

3. AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire & Service